Tachi Palace Fights results – Ulysses Gomez & David Mitchell capture 125 & 170 lb belts
Lemoore, CA -- Two titles were on the line at the fourth edition of Tachi Palace Fights. In the main event Ulysses Gomez (6-1) took on Luis Gonzalez (2-2) for the vacant TPF 125 pound championship.
Central California fight fans were treated to 25 full minutes of mostly stand-up action. Gomez, a four star flyweight prospect, entered the bout with all five of his career victories coming via submission. Gonzalez is also a Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Fighting out of Marc Laimon's gym in Las Vegas, Gomez was able to use to is reach advantage to dictate the majority of the striking game.
Judges at ringside scored the bout 48-47, 49-46, 49-46 in favor of Gomez. The Nevada fighter improves to 6-1 with his lone loss coming at the hands of widely recognized top ten flyweight fighter Rambaa Somdet (7-2).
The Tachi Palace Fights welterweight strap was also on the line with California's David Mitchell (10-0) squaring off with WEC veteran Tim McKenzie (11-7). Mitchell needed just over a minute to lock in a tight guillotine choke on McKenzie. The 30 year old Mitchell secured top position after scoring a early takedown. From the mount Mitchell quickly induced the tapout from McKenzie.
Training out of Nor Cal Fighting Alliance Mitchell's progression as a 170 pound prospect continues to mature with each passing fight. Mitchell is a four star prospect with wins over the likes of Bobby Green and War Machine. The newly crowned TPF welterweight champ may only get one opportunity to defend his belt before he receives the call-up to a national MMA organization.
The undercard was highlighted by the MMA debut of 2004 Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas (1-0). Abas was matched-up with local journeyman Sam Stevens-Milo (1-6) in a bantamweight clash.
In rounds one and two Abas wasted little time showcasing his amateur wrestling pedigree landing powerful takedowns to gain dominate position through the first 10 minutes of the bout. The third period saw controversy mare the outcome. Following another successful takedown by Abas, Stevens-Milo was able to snag a guillotine choke attempt from the bottom.
Already down on the scorecards this was Stevens-Milo best opportunity to pull off the upset. While trying to escape the choke Abas poked Stevens-Milo in the eye thus forcing the referee to intervene and deduct a point from the former Fresno St. wrestler. Even with the point deduction Abas was able to pick up a win via majority decision.
Now working his MMA game in San Diego at The Arena MMA gym, Abas is one of the most decorated amateur wrestlers to cross over into MMA. A four time All American at 118 and 125 pounds, Abas is an exciting bantamweight MMA prospect with potential for a fast rise through the ranks depending on the pace of his fight schedule.
Tachi Palace Fights Cinco De Mayhem
Romulo Melo def. Chase Hackett by unanimous decision
Andrew Martinez vs. Mark Mathews declared no contest (eye poke)
Russ Miura def. Jesse Bowen by submission arm triangle choke 0:58 R2
Stephen Abas def. Sam Stevens-Milo by majority decision
Darrell Montague def. Jeremy Bolt by TKO (strikes) 2:21 R3
Phil Collins def. Morris Aldaco by submission heel hook 2:25 R1
Alexander Crispim def. Enoch Wilson by unanimous decision
David Mitchell def. Tim McKenzie by submission guillotine choke 1:10 R1
Casey Olson def. Shawn Klarcyk by unanimous decision
Poppies Martinez def. Darren Crisp by submission guillotine choke 2:26 R1
Ulysses Gomez def. Luis Gonzalez by unanimous decision